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After surgery and with the help of our specialists’ team, you will be expected to quickly start your rehabilitation program and gradually do more and more exercises. You will be able to get up and walk, initially using a walking aid, and then without any support.
It is very important that you follow the rehabilitation program closely to ensure your procedure is as successful as possible.
You will stay in hospital for between five and seven days, depending on how quickly you recover. You can usually return to driving after a few weeks, depending on how quickly you recover and which hip was replaced. You can also expect to return to sports after a few months, depending on the type of physical activity. However, we recommend that high-impact contact sports should still be avoided.
Postoperative rehabilitation exercises
Here is a list of physiotherapy exercises for postoperative rehabilitation. Please note that only the exercises specifically recommended by your physiotherapist and / or surgeon should be performed.
You will usually be in hospital for three to seven days. You can then either receive rehabilitation as an outpatient or as an inpatient at a rehabilitation centre. An inpatient rehabilitation programme is usually two weeks, while outpatient rehabilitation depends on the progress of each patient and the surgeon’s instructions.
Below is a selection of physiotherapy exercises for post-operative rehabilitation. Please only do the exercises recommended by your physiotherapist and/or surgeon.
You can gradually return to sport in the months following your operation. However, high impact and contact sports, such as football and karate, should still be avoided. We recommend that you seek advice from your doctor.
You can start to drive again when you are able to do so safely; you should be able to perform an emergency stop. In general, you cannot drive for two weeks after surgery, however your surgeon will provide further guidance depending on which hip was replaced and the surgical technique used.
Movements to avoid depend on the surgical technique used and guidance varies depending on the type of surgery performed. We recommend that you seek advice from your doctor and/or therapist.
In order to reduce the risk of hip dislocation, it is important to follow the advice from your surgeon and/or therapist.